On 8 February 2017, Royal Thai Consulate-General in Vancouver organized Thailand Corner at Wood Buffalo Regional Public Library in Fort McMurray, Alberta. To officially open the Thailand Corner, Ms. Sutthiluck Sa-ngarmangkang, Consul-General of Thailand to Vancouver, gave welcoming remarks and jointly cut the ribbon with Ms. Angela Betts (on behalf of MP Divid Yurdiga), Ms. Carol Christian (on behalf of MLA Brian Jean), Her Worship Melissa Blake (Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo), Ms. Monica Domingues (Wood Buffalo Regional Library Board Chair), Councillor Allan Vinni, and Ms. Melissa Flett (Director of Wood Buffalo Regional Library) This was followed by the books presentation ceremony from the Consul-General to Ms. Monica Domingues, who represented the Library.
Among more than 80 participants to this event were representatives of important Canadian politicians at both federal, provincial and local levels from Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, community leaders, local businessmen, members of the media, students, and the public. Everybody expressed deep appreciation for the donation of books by the Consulate-General and the many interesting activities organized.
Activities during the Thailand Corner comprised the following 1) the display of books on various aspects of Thailand such as Thai novel, Thai boxing or Muay Thai, Thai cuisine, Thai architecture, and children tales about Thailand 2) the display of Thai products and handicrafts 3) the exhibit on Thai tourism 4) the demonstration video on Thai dessert 5) the tasting session for Thai food 6) the Thai traditional performance and 7) the Q&A session about Thailand.
The Royal Thai Consulate-General initiated the project of Thailand Corner since 2015. Including the organization of the latest Thailand Corner at Wood Buffalo Regional Public Library this month, 12 Thailand Corners have already been successfully established in major cities and universities of British Columbia and Alberta.